Books For BAs*

Love it when interesting tidbits cross the desk. This one comes courtesy of a chick who revels in her own badassery. It’s a list called, “Books Badass Women Should Read.” Carry on Duchess Dolls; you’ve got your work cut out for you.

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Read this a long time ago, about the same time as “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” She’s smart, she’s funny
​and she remembers she’s a girl. And most girls do care that their necks are getting saggy. Also, for viewing pleasure do not miss the documentary of her life on HBO right now—Everything Is Copy. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Haven’t read this one but I have read some others by Miss Huffington Post. In this one, she espouses the importance of balance, work and play, family and career—basically the lifelong battles of women everywhere. I sometimes wish this kind of advice would come from women minus mouths filled with silver spoons.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
If the review of this book doesn’t intrigue you, you might not have a pulse—or you’re one of those silver spoon girls. Either way, it’s at the top of my to-read list. It’s been labeled the “Lean In for misfits.” Take that however you will, but in your heart of hearts you know that in business there are times we all fall into the misfit category, screaming on the inside, “I have no fucking idea what I’m doing.” Dive in and learn how to start with zero to build a 250 million dollar empire. I’m exhausted already.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
I’ve read this one—twice. Again, I get irritated when women who make millions preach about daycare and marrying the right man. No doubt the woman has worked her ass off but a look at her bio does not show too many times the babysitter didn’t show or what it’s like to make a hundred dollars more than the cost of daycare. The reason you read this book is to find the many ways you don’t lean in. Me? I did almost every one of them. This book is part of the reason I plan never to work for corporate America again. I may not be the most accomplished boss but I like and trust my one employee.

If You Have To Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone
Magical words from the woman who regularly makes her employees cry. “After all, you can’t truly be happy if you’ve never known pain. You can’t truly feel joy if you’ve never felt heartbreak. You can’t know what it’s like to be filled unless you’ve been empty.” Help for all of us who’ve cried at work before we could make it outside.

The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg
Every once in a while, we need the wisdom of a real life princess. And the creator of the iconic dress that makes everyone appear ten pounds thinner. If someone with all things on her side needs a lifetime to become the woman she wanted to be, perhaps you, my doll, should give yourself a break.

Happy Reading.



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